Jersey City’s own OWEL first landed on SIMGE’s radar in 2013, when the outfit surfaced like a phoenix from the ashes of a local atmospheric collective named Old Nick. The band’s self-titled debut LP appeared at No. 10 on our Top 50 Releases of the Year list, since then we’ve waited, impatiently, for the follow up.
Late last month OWEL finally revealed its plans for a new EP named Every Good Boy and an April 28th release date via intheclouds Records, before offering a much-anticipated taste of what’s to come aptly titled “Every Good Boy Does Fine”, which intertwined the band’s art-rock sensibilities and a level of accessibility not yet showcased by the group.
Earlier this week OWEL provided another piece of the puzzle in “Razors”, which played more to the soundscape construction and ambience exploration the listener has grown accustomed too with this collective. The slightest of piano riffing ticks away like the sands of time, unnoticed at moments when Jay Sakong’s lush poetics come into play, but ultimately shattering the hour glass containing this emotionally driven composition, giving way to something more pulse-pounding and exhilarating.
Stream both singles below, pre-order the Every Good Boy EP on half-and-half ox blood and bone colored vinyl (limited to 300) here, and be sure to see OWEL live on April 30th at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in New York for a free performance as part of the American Songbook Series. Find more info on the event and RSVP here.